Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here's the thing - Weekend Quilting

I seem to know a lot of people who write books. I watch them go through the whole  process. It appears to be very stressful. Of course, being me I can't help but jump in and say "hey I'll help promote your book when it is out". I'd love to join your blog hop, sew along, book circus.
Of course, fast forward to the books release and I am quietly shitting myself that there won't be anything in the book easy enough for me to sew, I will make a dog's breakfast of it, people will laugh at me, I will humiliate my friend, lose a friend and die alone in a bedsit talking to my canary.

Luckily for me, my friendship, and the aforementioned imaginary canary Jemima's new book is actually just as it states. You guys all know Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon. She is one of the funnest people I know, she is a rockstar dancer and pretty good with a hula-hoop as I learnt at quilt market in St Louis.

Weekend Quilting has simple beautiful  designs that most people really could sew in a weekend.
I told Jemima I would make the easiest thing in the book which I promptly did. I sent Jemima a gushing message shortly afterwards - along the lines of ... OMG I actually understood that first go !!! Jemima's instructions are super clear and the book is a pleasure to read.

This resulted in two surprises.
1. I actually quite enjoyed making this cushion. It came together quickly and I didn't need to fudge it. I even did the quilty bit (yea I may have marked the lines with the back of a bread and butter knife but I like to think of that as a Macgyver life-skill).

2. Cushions are bastards of things to take photos of. They have no internal fortitude. The corners stick out all funny and the bit on the bottom disappears.

received and eBook version of Jemima's book so I can't share any of the inside photos with you but you can go and check out some of the previous posts in the blog hop to see the super-cute things people have been making or you can join in on Instagram too. 

I hope you are feeling chuffed Jemima, you deserve to. It is fantastic !!

Mon May 29 ~ Lisa Cox -  A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues May 30 ~ Robyn Shapiro - The Strawberry Thief
Wed May 31 ~ Melissa LeRay - Oh How Sweet
Thur June 1 ~ Emily Dennis - Quilty Love
Fri June 2 ~ Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Mon June 5 ~ Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Tues June 6 ~ Peta Peace - She Quilts Alot
Wed June 7 ~ Stacy Olson - Stacy Olson Design
Thur June 8 ~ Sedef Imer - Down Grapevine Lane
Fri June 9 ~ Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box
Mon June 12 ~ Suzy Williams - Suzy Quilts
Tues June 13 ~ Rachel Howard - Family Ever After
Wed June 14 ~ Amy Sinibaldi - nanaCompany
Thur June 15 ~ Jodie Carleton - Ric Rac
Fri June 16 ~ Ange Hamilton - A Little Patchwork
Mon June 19 ~ Heather Andrus - Quilt Story
Tues June 20 ~ Elea Lutz - Elea Lutz Design
Wed June 21 ~ Lauren Wright - Molly and Mama
Thur June 22 ~ Claire Turpin - Claire Turpin Design
Fri June 23 ~ Jennie Pickett - Clover and Violet
Mon June 26 ~ Fat Quarter Shop
Tues June 27 ~ Alisha Orlando - Ministry of Fabric
Wed June 28 ~ Minki Kim - Minki Kim Sewing Illustration

Thur June 29 ~ Jemima Flendt - Tied with a Ribbon

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bastard - the quilt (a musical journey through one quilter's stash)

Go on... let it out. Have a big guffaw at my expense.
It took me four days just to sew the top together. Admittedly not all day, I lost the will to live around 5pm each afternoon.

Before you ask..No I am not reallylearning to love quilt making.

 Although I do like quilt finishing.

 I think I could love it, maybe, if it weren't for all the precision - and the freaking pressing.

But truthfully, making sea stars was way more fun.

 Special thanks has to go to Emma who helped out with all the complicated maths.. and the instructions.. and pretty much everything!
The free quilt pattern can be downloaded on the Ella Blue website and it is called Leaky Boats. They could not be swayed to use "Bastard"  - bizarre ! but that leaves it free for the musical !

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Where things stand

I had two weeks school holidays that were mostly spent here. 

In the first week there was a smattering of embroidery,

some preparation for the onslaught of Quilt market sewing

and the release of  little Clover.

The second week saw the arrival of my new fabric and well - you guys know the craziness that ensues from here on in.

I have made a quilt top already and OH MY FREAKING HELL it nearly killed me. Four days of sewing !!! Four days. (and it is not even that complicated).
It is called Bastard - the quilt , not the fabric range and there is not a matched point or straight seam in the whole thing.
I am about to deliver it to the quilter and I am dreading that bit where she flings it open across her big table.... maybe I can just leave it in the letterbox and run???

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Rushing in on a Sunday morning to introduce you to Peggy and her friends. I was once again honoured to be asked to create a project for the special edition of Mollie makes Big Comic Relief Crafternoon Magazine. 

The magazine has over 50 crafty projects - all super cute !! (once again I wish I could crochet )

There is crochet and pom poms and printing and silver work and just about something to suit every crafter. Of course the money raised goes to Comic relief.

The magazine is on sale in Sainsbury's but digital copies can be purchased as well.

See you soon, Have to rush, I am in the middle of a beak that just won't work and it is dementing me.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Second helpings

This is my new pin... well it is the second helping of my new pin. I designed and released this one last month 
 and things went batshit crazy and it sold out in 48 hours. I didn't even get a chance to blog it. 

Now I have restocked it (and the enthusiast pin) and am sharing it here so you guys don't miss out.

They are in the Etsy shop. The are fun, this one has the fancy spring locky clasp thingo and they really won't last long.

(I love making pins )

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stable Mates

 Stable Mates

My personal favourite, the Palomino because he reminds me so much of the very spirited (naughty as hell ) horse I had as a girl called Chappie. 

 The donkey, because donkeys are totally awesome. 

The skewbald and piebald because I love paint horses!!  Love !!
You guys know I tried and failed at an Appaloosa but these guys mollify me somewhat.

Felt saddles and vinyl bridles to keep everyone in line of course,

and the unicorn... because every freakin' person in the universe seemed to want a unicorn added to the pattern.

A rug, because sometimes horses and donkeys need a rug.  
This pattern is available wholesale through Creative Abundance, retail in all good stores and as an instant download in my Etsy store.

Winners of the giveaway week (in no particular order) are:
Witch on the barn
Sue Niven
Fiona Forsyth
Simple Stitches

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday - sewing school

Here we are at the end of the giveaway week.

This quilt was made for me by the wondrously talented Rita of Red Pepper quilts. I know I have banged on about Rita before but I really admire her.
Not only is she crazy talented but she is extremely hard working and an all round good-egg.
Rita HAND PIECED this quilt for me - Yep. You can read all about it on her blog.
Seriously she did this in a weekend !!!

Thanks for popping in and joining me this week guys. I hope you have enjoyed checking everything out and I guess at least some of you will be happy when I pick all the winners tomorrow.

The final giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of the whole Sewing School range plus the four patterns that coordinate with it.
Cheers Guys !